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>> the australia government stays united states should be held responsible for the unauthorized release of documents and not julian assange for publishing the cables. he has been receiving constant rance following charges of rape and sexualal assault. wikileaks continues to release the diplomatic cables and the latest say the libans put -- the u.k. under pressure to release megrahi. >> and over claims julian assange sexual assaulted women, it continues to create
diplomatic ripals all over the world. the latest intervention comes from australia. now assistance to assange the australiain' citizen as he fights extradition. >> as far as mr. assange, he is right to have the expectation and assumption of innocence in terms of matters which have been brought before the courts in the united kingdom and should obtainal all the support we would normally give to any other australiain'. >> he was himself described as a control freak also appeared to blame america not mr. assange for allowing the release of the diplomatic documents. he said mr. assange himself is not responsible for the unauthorized release of the 250,000 documents from the communications next. the latest cable vaulted the detail controversy surrounding
the release of the lockerbie bomber. abdul megrahi from a scottish prison engine 2009. freed on humanitarian grants after being given three months to live. but the cables say there was also threats and it was said the libans would cut us off at the knees if he remained in jail. they described the regime as thuggish. even behind bars julian assange and the organization he founded still have the potential to cause more diplomatic riffs. johnathan beal, become become news. >> and -- bbc news. >> and direct negotiations have been on hold since israel's partial freeze came to an end at the end of september. both parties will be in washington next week for talks. steve kingston is there.
>> three months ago barack obama brought israelis and palace to washington and invited hem them to walk the path to peace as already that journey as come to al halt. the road block is the issue of israeli settlements in the west bank. washington offered military hardware and goornts israel in return for a moratorium on construction. but the terms were never finalized and the americans have now given up on the deal. >> we thought the moratorium and then the ressumption of the moratorium might be the way to advance a sustained dialogue between the parties. we've come to the conclusion that is not best basis to move forward. >> but for the palestinian president mahmoud abbas, the freeze object settlement building was a deal-breaker.
without it he has said face-to-face talks cannot continue. they acknowledge dialogue with washington has reached a dead end but they will seek new ways to revive the peace process. >> if the administration has plan b, we may hear about it on friday when hillary clinton will give a speech on the middle east. >> israeli and palestinian officials will then be back here for discussions, just not with each other. >> we're in the last -- in the last hour we spoke to our correspondent in jerusalem. he said there didn't appear to be an al tear your motive behind washington's move. >> this is pretty much what the u.s. says it is. their attempts to impose another thee- month freeze has been a failure. they have bent over backwards to try to persuade prime
minister netanyahu that it is in their best interest to do so. they have offered fighter jets for free, but it doesn't appear to have worked. mr. netanyahu has failed to persuade those inside his track chouse cabinet, and now we've reached a situation where america has thrown up its hands and said this is not going to work. the question is where do we go from here? it's hard to see how we move forward. >> from ramallah, john, from a palestinian perspective, where on earth does it go from here? >> well, they are in a very difficult position as we heard in your report, president abbas has been adamant that he will abandon talks if the settlement freeze was not forthcoming. so what does he do now?
they are going to look at what the americans are saying and come out with a response, presumably today in the coming days. but basically, all the naysayers, all the people who said look, this is going no where when president obama launched this, and it's said to be many. they will be saying, we told you so. >> what does it mean from the ordinary palestinian's view now of president abbas and that whole effort to establish a workable peace process? >> well, his position is not strong. already among many palace, he is regarded as something of a weak leader. someone who has maybe compromised too much. and look if he now turns around and stays in some form, he is going to stay at the table, whether that be indirect proximity talks or some sort of deal with the americans to stay
talking to the israelis, then he's going to look pretty weak. you've got to remember, he only really controls the west bank in gaza. the other palestinian parts say we should never have been at the table in the first place and president abbas doesn't have the right to negotiate for all palestinian people. >> thank you john in ramallah. >> jamie joins me now. business news. first of all, india telecom. there's a huge investigation. >> the hugest financial scandal in indian history, possibly. what has happened. we have had two rooms homes raided. he is accused of having sold off licenses, second-generation mobile phones at a lower level than they should have gone. and the amount which is said he
described the government coughers of is $40 billion. this is a huge amount of money. it's also said he changed the rules to allow certain companies to have access to these new licenses, which shouldn't normally have done. he said he was keeping the prices lower to deep licenses more affordable to poor indians. and he also says he didn't change the rules. they were all set down by the previous administration. >> that's a lot of money. >> it's a big one. >> talking about lots of money, germany's trade balance, this is quite significant. >> it is. we've seen a shrinking of exports. year on year we've still seen a rise in exports. germany's world's second biggest exporter. some slight shrinkage, but the interpretation most are putting
on this is imports are slowly rising over exports but that's because people are consuming more. and the german economy is growing pretty fast and will become more of an issue over the years but with germany going quickly and the rest going slowly, what do you do with interest rates? >> that's a good question. thank you very much indeed. >> now america's top military commander says the u.s. demoiment help north korea from the south korean aggression is in ke which in seoul they warned the north korea not to take the south korean restraint as weakness. our seoul correspondent lucy williams claims this is the latest move to reduce tensions on the korean peninsula. >> over the last few days, hillary clinton meeting with
her korean and japanese counterparts this week, president obama calling his chinese counterpart and in washington and japan both sending word to -- envoys to china in the last few days. i guess now it's stage two, and these countries really trying to bring china onboard and make progress in what has been really a stale mate situation here. >> lucy williams. thank you. now to sports. it's a misif it, isn't it? what we're talking about here? the world stage? >> yes, not to draw comparison between politics and sports. the asian champions, they have the seven confederations that make up if i havea all with their champions in the -- make up fifa all with their champions. the gulf is becoming a big center for sport.
we've talked about this a lot. the team you're talking about is the champions and at the end of april and beginning of may they beat the new zealand team over the two legs of the champions. they found only 18,000 fans turned up. so football in oceaniana, we usually see australia the world cup. at the last world cup in south africa, these guys are pretty much unemployed. they play football for fun. and they are going to be playing another in the fifa world cup preliminary stage because they are the host. let's hear from the chairman of the champions. >> our club, most of the players, maybe 90% of them are not employed. they are not professional. they have no jobs. we try to look after them, to
pay them something. only 90% have jobs so they have some time to train. we don't have the facilities and all these things over teams around the world do vaccine but i think we have reached the level that we think we can fund it. >> they have donna mazingly well. they must play -- they've done amazingly well. >> they must play good football. >> it's not as if it's a group stage. they are just one or two-legged matches from just -- a team from the solomon islands and fiji. they've done well but not amazingly well. [laughter] >> you're watching bbc "world news."
still to come. 30 years after john lennon's death, fans look back on his legacy. the united nation's secretary general behnke moon has made an impassioned speech in the mexican city of cancun. he stayed world can't afford to wait for the full agreement. they filed reach a deal at last year's snument copenhagen. our correspondent richard black is in cancun. >> emblems from civilizations past as ministers prepare for three days of crucial talks on the future of this one. there's a more optimistic tone that the year's summit, but it can't hide the deep divisions between countries, the divisions ministers will have to bridge if this week is to
produce anything constructive. >> if you find your position is in opposition of others, don't ask for compromise. think of our common planet and offer the compromise first. the deal here in cancun will not guarantee all your short-term national interests. but reaching no outcome here in cancun will endanger everyone's long-term well being. >> there's still great suspicion between the two great super emitters, china and the u.s. one became rich on the back of burning fossil fuels. the other is quickly getting richer with emissions swiftly rising. >> i think there's an agreement to be had. i'm quite sure of that. i'm not sure whether we will actually get it. i think that question hangs in the balance. but it's quite clear, clear to
see with the outlines of an agreement would look like. >> they pledge what they have pledged so far wouldn't be enough. no one's expecting climate change to be solved here. but the hope is that the option of securing a new global deal will be kept alive. if not, it may be many years before the prospect surfaces again. richard black, bbc news. cancun, mexico. >> the president of colombia has reserved the evacuation of a hillside neighborhood hit by a deadly landslide on sunday. more than 30 bodies have been recovered from the mud and rock that engulfed the town. more than 80 people are still missing. the president has promised to rehouse those who have lost their own. >> the help in he's army has condemned a study into a
cholera epidemic that's killed many people. the spokesperson says there's no evidence to support an allegation. >> the daughter of the president has announced her intention to run for the presidency in the 2011 election. >> you're watching bbc "world news" the headlines. australia says the u.s. is responsible for the wikileaks scandal, not australian man who run it is website. the u.s. says it has failed to convince israel to scrap settlement in the territory as a condition of middle east peace talks. british police have arrested a man who is accused of conspiring to have his wife killed during their honey moon in south africa. he was detained following an extradition request. the taxi driver who has been
convicted of the murder told the court he arranged the killing. the husband denies anyal involvement. >> murdered on her honey moon. a few days after the wedding, her body was found here. she had been hot in a hasn'ty town in cape town. seemingly the victim of a carjacking that went wrong. her husband and the taxi driver they were traveling with left unharmed. yesterday in the cape town courts the driver admitted his role in the murder as part of a deal with prosecuters. he claims he was offered 1,400 pounds by the bristol businessman to kill his wife. late last night the husband was arrested on behalf of the authorities. on suspicion of conspiring to murder his wife. >> he came back to england after the murder and as always denied involvement in his wife's death. his family said he was totally
innocent of the crime. he'll appear at the magistrate's court later today. nick davis, bbc news. >> it's been quite a year for pakistan's hockey team after a string of poor results. the team resigned in shame. while many with poor backgrounds have been brought back and there's been a big turn narned their fortune. now they prepare for the olympics in 2012. our series we report from punjab. >> these joyous scenes at the airport were brought about by a game of hockey. pakistan's national team was returning after winning the gold medal at the asian games. something they have not done in two decades. hired inly it means immediate qualifications at the olympics in 2012. it's a huge relief for the
players. >> i can't explain. because it's wonderful. but i expect that. because when we won the gold medal, and we just looked back at home and everybody celebrating. it's wonderful. we are just like -- it's a dream for me. >> there was a time when pakistanis were the kings of hockey winning olympic titles and world cups at will. the team's performed badly in recent years and came in last at the world cup in the spring. the town here in punjab is where a disproportionately large group of hockey players have come from. one of the few places in the whole country lucky enough to have a decent pitch. this person has trained like this for years and he has made it. he now has a good chance of playing for his country at the olympics. he lives close to his training
ground with his mother and father who is a laborer. >> i wanted him to be a laborer like me, he says. i didn't want him wasting his time playing hockey but i'm so proud he's getting on planes and going to see the world. it's a dream. coming from such a simple background he says he realizes just how lucky he is. >> i'm going to work hard from now until 2012, says he. i can't tell you how much it would mean for me and my family to go to london. >> just down the road is a homecoming celebration for two members of the hockey team that brought back a meddle from china. now you can see how much it means to the people here. but in a couple years' time at the olympics, it's -- [inaudible] in a much bigger celebration.
>> bbc news, in the town. >> now many people -- fans the world over will remember precisely where they were when john lennon died. tom brook was the first british journalist to report live from the scene for bbc news. >> you give us 22 minutes, we'll give you the world. >> former beatal john lennon is shot at his home on the upper west side. >> it was a new york nighttime murder that was truly shocking john lennon had just re-emerged after a five-year career break. life was good but it came to an end when mark david chapman shot him dead. >> by the time i arrived the doctors had made strength use efforts to save his life.
>> i actually held his heart in my hand as the nurses tried transfuse bad. we knew there was no way we could restore circulation. >> john lennon got his first taste of new york in 1964 when beatlemania was at its height. his death was a major news event. >> from outside the apartment building where the murder took place, our reporter tom brook. >>s a very weird feel indeed because they are playing lenon music and a lot are weeping. they are either stunned or hysterical. >> for lennon friends and family, outside the dakota here, it was a nightmare of a night. the beatle's friend james taylor phish -- for him it was personal. >> i lived one up from him in
the dakota. i heard as quick as you could pull a trigger five explosions. and his assassin had stopped in front of 77nd street the day before. >> it took two years before yoko ono would begin to talk publicly about the murder. i interviewed her in the apartment. >> well, he's still alive. he's still with us. his spirit will go on, you know . you can't kill a person that easily. >> for john shows done by yoko, the 30th anniversary is a difficult time. his mother and late father are in his thoughts. >> it has been 30 years since he passed away, and this time of year, i tend to look out for my mom and make sure that she's all right. >> ♪ there are maces i
remember ♪ >> it's brought forth reflected things to his life and work. one of his last major print interviews he said i don't believe in yesterday. i'm only interested in what i'm doing now. interested him, clearly 30 years after he died he and his music are still of great interest to us. tom brooks, bbc news, new york. >> ♪ i've loved them all >> 30 years since the death of john lennon. if you wanted a sense of how big a deal he still is. go to our website and search john lennon, there's no end to the number of reports and lookbacks and fond memories etc about john lennon himself. www.wbaltv.com is the address.
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